Let’s kick this thing off with a bit of a humblebrag: I am always surprised when someone says they A) listen to our podcasts and B) actually take something from them. I suppose that’s the goal, but feedback is so rare on things like that I always appreciate any at all.
The biggest problem I have with the podcast is that it’s often tough to write about something you talk about and develop fully out loud. The process is different, but talking about an idea in a podcast makes it extremely unlikely I ever actually write about something. Like the idea is “used” or something.
But, MSPaint graphics can help:
No one really cares about Tim Connolly anymore, but the larger issue of perception is something I’ve thought about a lot over the past few days. I’m tired of having the same arguments over and over, or watching shots get fired on Twitter. I’d much rather get to the reason why we have these fights and figure out what to take out of them.
That’s what I was talking about in our last podcast, essentially accepting that you simply don’t have all the answers. Fans complain about the media. Media complains about the players. Players complain about the media and both players and media complain about the fans if they’re really cranky.
The disconnect is obvious, isn’t it? We have no way to truly relate to one another. Imagine the sports world is comprised of three different genders, and each one struggles to communicate with one another just like men and women have for centuries. A fan’s view of the scene is much different than a player’s, and despite the fact that they occupy the same space from time to time, media simply can’t relate to players well enough to truly get along.
But this isn’t a pointless exercise, the dissonance is a necessary part of the discourse. I think what’s important is to consider the source and what each part really means. A consensus among one group is only part of the whole truth, which is why arguments persist about, quite frankly, the absolute dumbest things imaginable.
We’re so caught up in the differences in opinion that we’re missing the big picture. Media is going to bitch about stupid things like travel and players that aren’t helpful because it’s their job. Players are going to give boring quotes and try to keep a good image with fans while keeping as little about their personal lives from ever getting out. Because that’s sort of their job as well.
And fans, well, they have the lowest-paying job of all. The point is, the priorities are different and the drill holes never really line up. But, if you squish everything together and get a little creative I think the end result is much better.
If you’re not listening closely when they really start talking, then what’s the point?